4 Steps for Decision Making in God’s Will

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God designed you with unique combinations of talents, gifts, and passions for a reason. He has made a purpose for your life that will make more sense to you than anything you could have dreamed of yourself. So how do you distinguish God’s perfect path for your life from your own thoughts and ideas that don’t align? Here are four steps to walk through when deciding if the open door that is before you is the right one to take.

1. Consider your motives

Are they self-seeking, self preserving, or fruitless in God’s kingdom? Or are they motives that ultimately play into God’s will for your life?

2. Ask yourself: “Does this decision align with where God wants my life to be?”

You may know all of the things that you want for your life, but do you know of the things that God wants for your life? Does it align?

3. Ask yourself: “Do I feel convictions from the Lord about this?”

Have you visited God in the secret place to talk about this decision? Have you been listening to what God may be trying to tell you about this?  Or have you been ignoring Him to make things work through your own will and power?

4. Believe that it is what God has for you to do

God has given you freedom in your life, and He wants to see what you will do with it. Honor Him in all that you do and in every decision you pursue and He will direct your footsteps.

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The Power of Process

If there is something that I’ve really been seeking to understand lately, it’s the power of process. When we think of process, we can see it as a simple thing, such as going to the gym regularly to get results. But what about the bigger picture? I believe that there is great power in fully understanding process, and using it as a framework in our everyday lives.

The place to really begin transforming our minds on the topic of process is in our walk with God. So often we seek what God can offer us, what signs and wonders we can find, and how to get abundantly blessed. But has it ever been more effective to put a cart before a horse? When Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”, we must consider that God has been so gracious to offer us the clue to maximize our ability to walk with Him by our sides – with His process.

It is imperative to seek God’s face for the sake of seeking Him alone. We should not consider luxuries such as how we feel or what God will do for us. In this process, the real treasure is hidden. The more we seek God’s face just to know him more, the more He will make our paths straight, our thoughts to be established, and our lives to be fulfilled by the revelation of our callings.

So in these considerations, I am moving forward to consider the bigger picture of God’s process in my life. We all have goals, and dreams, and expectations, but let us be transformed and renewed so we don’t get caught up in fruitless living. After all, today has been given to us for a reason, let us best serve it and God by rethinking how we have been seeing our paths. Where you are going and where you are supposed to be in life might be in two very different places. Maybe it’s time to take the necessary steps to be where you have been called – through the power of process.

“And be not conformed to this world (“patterns of this world” NIV): but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2 KJV

Changing and growing – beginning with love

Changing and growing – beginning with love

When people say that “love is the most powerful force”, I’ve always just seemed to miss what they’re really saying. It seemed generic and fluffy until last night when I gained a new perspective. At Converge Youth Ministry we gave the students an opportunity for a Valentine’s day Q&A. One kid asked, “What would the world be like without love?”. Pastor Mario subsequently led us to consider cities in the world where there is no love. When we face the harsh realities that there are cities in Thailand that sell young children for sex, among other atrocities in the world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. However, in the midst of all of the evil in the world, there is a solution given to us by God himself. There is something we can all do to move and change the world for the better, even if it’s just one precious life at a time. If you ask me now, I’ll say that by the grace of Jesus Christ, love is truly the most powerful force.

And here is another consideration. To love properly, we must be properly be healed in love. So in reflecting back to the advice given from last night, we can test ourselves in love by looking to 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and transpose our own name where the word “love” appears. Do those things describe you? If not, you’ve found the roots of where you can begin to seek healing in Christ’s love. Amen!

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.